#FestiveFriday - "Have fun, but above all stay safe"
Published 14 December 2017
With party season reaching its peak and this Friday expected to be the busiest night out of the year, we are urging the public to be responsible and to not put themselves in a position which could ruin their Christmas and New Year.
Additional high-profile foot and mobile patrols will be carried out in Aberdeen city-centre this weekend to provide reassurance and assistance.
City-centre Inspector Simon Reid said: "We welcome the many visitors coming to the city-centre to take advantage of the fantastic range of festive activities on offer this and next weekend. With Aberdeen Football Club playing Hibs at Pittodrie on Saturday and many out to continue their Christmas shopping we expect that road networks will be busy and encourage people to use public transport.
"Many people will have a Christmas night out planned and it's great to see the city thriving at this time of year with people celebrating. Our ultimate aim is to make sure everyone gets home safely at the end of the night however we need you to help us do this by taking responsibility for yourself, looking out for friends and importantly knowing your limits when drinking. Far be it from us to spoil anyone's fun, and while the overwhelming majority of people will be out to enjoy themselves and in good humour, we all need to keep in mind our own safety and the safety of others.
"Our patrols have increased throughout December in preparation for the extra footfall Christmas brings and we continue to work closely with our partners. We value the close relationships we have with other organisations in particular the Scottish Ambulance Service, Street Pastors, Home Safe Marshalls and the Licensed Trade who all do an incredible job assisting us operationally with people who find themselves in a vulnerable position. Aberdeen has never been safer and we are exceptionally proud of the unique Purple Flag status which Aberdeen holds in recognition of its status as a safe, vibrant and welcoming environment."
Inspector Reid added: "As well as ensuring people get home safely we will also be on the lookout for those who may be intent on causing disorder who we will deal with robustly. We work closely with licensed premises including pubs, clubs and hotels to and will support them to manage such behaviour and keep people safe.
"Finally, the weather is bitterly cold at the moment so do remember to wrap up warm and plan on how you are getting home at the end of the night in advance and make sure your phone is fully charged. Be careful if leaving pubs and clubs on your own or with people you have just met and never risk drink driving. Public transport or a licensed taxi are much better options.
"Last but not least, enjoy yourselves. Our team look forward to seeing you out there over the weekend."
Nicola Marie Johnston, Evening and Night Time Economy Manger at Aberdeen Inspired, added: "Our city-centre boasts a diverse range of fantastic retail and restaurants, stylish cocktail bars, and a wealth of entertainment for all, from Christmas pantos to trendy bowling clubs.
"Aberdeen is a great place to celebrate this Christmas, so make the most of your Festive Friday and experience the city's delights, but do be sensible - charge your phone, don't have one too many, and remember it will be cold so wrap up warm.
"Aberdeen city-centre is proud to hold the Purple Flag accreditation for five consecutive years. This achievement is due to the hard work and dedication of around 40 partner organisations managing the night time economy to achieve a safe, vibrant and welcoming city centre for residents, workers, and tourists to enjoy.
"Festive Friday is a key evening for the partners who aim to ensure you have a joyful celebration this December."
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